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10 Most Expensive Paintings By Belarusian Artists Sold At Auctions

Paintings of Belarusian artists can be found in museums around the world. Ready to spend millions of dollars connoisseurs of art keep hunting for the masterpieces to have them in their collections.

BelarusFeed put together a list of the highest known prices paid for pictures of the artists who were born or lived in Belarus.

1. Suprematist composition by Kazimir Malevich

Sold for $85.8 million

Suprematist Composition was sold in New York in May this year for $85.8 million.

This is the most ever paid for Malevich’s artwork at an auction. Painted in 1916, it is considered one of the finest and most complex of the artist’s early geometric canvases.

2. Mystical suprematism by Kazimir Malevich

Sold for $37.8 million

Painted in the early 1920s the image embodies the ‘new world order’ promoted by the Suprematist movement.

Black Cross on Red Oval reveals Malevich’s art at its most iconoclastic and theoretically complex. In 2015, it was auctioned at Sotheby’s for $35–45 million.

3. Suprematism, 18th construction by Kazimir Malevich

Sold for $33,9 million

Painted in 1915, the year when Suprematism as an art movement was born. 100 years later, the Sotheby’s auction house sold it for $33.8 million.

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Along with Black Square, Suprematism, 18th Construction is a painting that embodies Malevich’s non-objective formula.

It is reflected in the dynamic diagonal construction of colors, tied together with an energetic tension floating in the white abyss.

4. Lovers by Marc Chagall

Sold for $28.5 million

Chagall’s lyrical masterpiece Les Amoureux, brought the record $28.5 million to the artist.

Painted in 1928 the picture depicts the artist’s childhood sweetheart and muse Bella Rosenfeld.

5. Carcass of beef by Chaim Soutine

Sold for 28.2 million

Le Boeuf depicting a slab of beef was sold for $28 million at an auction at Christie’s in 2015.

The work was painted in 1923 by a “genius from Smilovichi”. Some experts believe the artist was inspired by the works of Rembrandt.

6. Young pastry chef by Chaim Soutine

Sold for $18 million 

Le petit pâtissier was sold for $18 million at Christie’s impressionist auction in May 2013.

It was a top lot and became the most expensive painting of the artist. The painting was the culminating image in a series of six portraits of young pastry chefs.

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“By the time he painted the present canvas around 1927, he had achieved nothing short of international fame,” the auction house said in a press release.

7. Portrait of a man in a red scarf by Chaim Soutine

Sold for $17.2 million

Painted in 1921, the picture epitomizes Soutine’s mature style.

Until 2013 L’homme au foulard rouge in a red scarf was the most expensive of Soutine’s paintings. In 2006, it was sold at Sotheby’s for $17.2 million.

8. The Chamber Valet by Chaim Soutine

Sold for $16.8 million

Le Valet de chambre epitomises Soutine’s portraiture of the middle and late 1920s.

In 2001, the Chamber Valet was sold for $1.9. Fourteen years later the price rocketed more than eightfold.

9. Birthday by Marc Chagall 

Sold for $16.3 million

The Birthday or L’Anniversaire as it’s also known was painted in 1915. The painting infused with a deep sense of love was created in March Chagall’s golden period.

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It depicts his favorite plot – the flight with his beloved wife Bela. The same painting is exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, US.

10. The Bride by Chaim Soutine

Sold for $15.6 million

La Communiante depicting a French girl attired for her First Communion was painted in 1929.

A well-known, often exhibited painting was estimated at $3-5 million at Christie`s auction. However, it was sold three times more expensive than the maximum price in 2015.